GWANGJU – Swimmer Chad le Clos won South Africa’s first medal at the at the World Long-Course Championships in Gwangju, South Korea on Wednesday grabbing bronze in the 200m butterfly.
The four-time world champion raced out of the blocks, leading the field over the two laps with Hungarian sensation Kristof Malik reeling him in over the second half of the swim.
Malik was in a class of his own smashing American icon Michael Phelps’ world record touching first in a breathtaking 1:50.73. He chopped 0.78s off the record Phelps set in 2009.
Japan’s Daiya Seto finished behind him with a time of 1:53.86 with Le Clos clinching his fifth world championship medal in a time of 1:54.15.
“That was a tough race, I tried my best and went out hard over the first 100 metres, and I felt I could win the race,” Le Clos said.